Spider-Man: The Animated Series Review

Spider-Man: The Animated Series is a 1994 superhero action animated television series developed by Bob Richardson, starring Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jennifer Hale, Gary Imhoff, Edward Asner, Roscoe Lee Browne, Rodney Saulsberry, and Sara Ballantine.  Based on the Marvel Comics superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the series follows a young man with spider-like abilities fighting crime as a superhero in New York City while trying to have a normal personal life. Positives: Well-written Great intro Great voice performances Great characters Great score Good animation Clever, gripping stories Witty dialogue Negatives: Poor CGI…

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Being Human (UK Version) Review

Being Human (UK Version) is a 2008 supernatural horror drama television series created by Toby Whithouse, starring Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan, Michael Socha, Damien Molony, Kate Bracken, and Steven Robertson.  The series follows a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire who all share accommodation and attempting as best as they can to live a “normal” life. Positives: Well-written characters Good score Great performances by a talented cast Interesting story Great special effects Negatives: Flaky writing Silly subplots Plot: The premise of the series follows George (a…

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Santa Clarita Diet Review

Santa Clarita Diet is a 2017 horror-comedy web television series created by Victor Fresco, starring Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore, Liv Hewson, and Skyler Gisondo.  The story follows married realtor agents Sheila (Drew Barrymore), Joel (Timothy Olyphant), and their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) who live in Santa Clarita, California.  Their lives unexpectedly takes a dark turn when Sheila goes through a dramatic transformation into a zombie sending them down a road of death and destruction. Positives: Witty dialogue Fantastic cast Great performances Interesting premise Great humor Great characters Great special effects…

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Smallville Review

Smallville is a 2001 superhero action drama television series developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, starring Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, and Erica Durance.  The story tells the tale of a teenage Clark Kent who must deal with a variety of individuals given powers by the green rocks called Kryptonite, keep his powers a secret, cope with his friendship with a young Lex Luthor, and balance the two girls in his…

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Elfen Lied Review

Elfen Lied is a 2004 psychological horror science fantasy Japanese animated series directed by Mamoru Kambe. Based on the manga of the same name written by Lynn Okamoto, the series is centered on the teenage Diclonius girl “Lucy” who was rejected by human beings and subsequently wants revenge. Positives: Highly violent with lots of gore Great voice performances Good animation The writing is decent Interesting premise Negatives: Lackluster characters Score is not memorable Uneventful story Plot:  Elfen Lied focuses on Lucy who is of a newly mutated species, the “Diclonius”.  She…

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X-Men: The Animated Series Review

X-Men: The Animated Series is a 1992 superhero action animated television series developed by Eric Lewald, Sidney Iwanter, and Mark Edens, starring Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann, George Buza, Alyson Court, Catherine Disher, and Cedric Smith.  Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the series follows Professor Charles Xavier and his band of courageous mutants strike back against corrupt and bigoted government agencies as well as mutant extremist Magneto. Positives: Good animation Great voice performances Great characters Great music Compelling storylines Awesome…

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Batman: The Animated Series Review

Batman: The Animated Series is a 1992 superhero animated television series created by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, starring  Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bob Hastings, Robert Costanzo, Loren Lester, Mark Hamill, and Arleen Sorkin.  Based on the DC Comics superhero created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, the series follows the Dark Knight who battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl. Positives: Memorable characters Dark neo-noir theme Great voice performances Music is well-done Great animation Touches on important themes Thumbs up to the writing…

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Being Human (US Version) Review

Being Human (US Version) is a 2011 supernatural drama television series created by Toby Whithouse, starring Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Hutington, and Kristen Hager. Serving as a remake of the BBC show of the same name, the series revolves around three roommates living in Boston, the trio attempting to live a normal life despite being a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf. Positives: Great characters Terrific cast Good special effects Great story Great performances Good score Great writing Great character development Negatives: n/a Plot:  The premise of the show…

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Outlaw Star Review

Outlaw Star is a 1998 science fantasy western space opera Japanese animated series directed by Mitsuru Hongo, based on the manga by Takehiko Ito, the  plot follows protagonist Gene Starwind and his motley crew of an inherited ship dubbed the Outlaw Star, as they search for a legendary, outer space treasure trove called the “Galactic Leyline”. Positives: Great characters Great music Good voice performances Great action Decent animation style The writing is good The story is awesome Great humor Touching moments Great setup Negatives: Lackluster antagonist Episodics can distractive Plot:  The premise follows a young man,…

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones Review

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a 2015 superhero detective psychological thriller web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, starring Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Wil Traval, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Tennant, Erin Moriarty, and Eka Darville.  The series follows Jessica Jones who is a former superhero who decides to start over utilizing her abilities as a private investigator in her detective agency. Positives: Great characters Great performances Great cast Compelling storyline Great score Great dialogue Great use of special effects Negatives: n/a Plot: Jessica Jones is a former superhero who decides to…

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